ERIC Number: ED043070
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Sep-3
Reference Count: 0
Response of Vocational Students to Supervision.
Stogdill, Ralph M.
The subjects were boys in two vocational high schools who had been rated by their teachers as responding favorably or unfavorably to supervision. Small groups were shown one film daily over a period of five days and discussed the role behavior of the supervisor shown in the film. In one group of experimental subjects, positive attitudes toward Structuring Expectations and Production Emphasis, and negative attitudes toward Consideration and Tolerance of Freedom were reinforced. For a second group of subjects the opposite reinforcement conditions prevailed. Control groups did not see the films. The experimental group of poorly adjusted students that received negative reinforcement of Consideration and Freedom, and positive reinforcement Structure and Production was rated several weeks later as responding significantly less favorably to supervision than the control group of poorly adjusted students. It was concluded that for this group of subjects, attitude reinforcement worsens behavior. Previous research with the moview indicated that discussion of the five roles without attitude reinforcement resulted in significant improvement in response to supervision. (Author)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.; Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Center for Vocational and Technical Education.
Note: Paper presented at the American Psychological Association Convention, Miami Beach, Florida, September 3-8, 1970